Jared WrightJared WrightJune 16, 20176min441

A major step forward for transportation occurred earlier this year with the approval of the Central 70 project by the federal government. This project involves the reconstruction of a 10-mile stretch between I-25 and Chambers Road and the replacement of a 50-year-old viaduct on Interstate 70. With the approval, the Colorado Department of Transportation could begin work in early 2018.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinMay 24, 20179min488

After nearly a decade, Denver Regional Transportation District’s University of Denver and Colorado light rail stations need to become more visible gateways to surrounding communities, rather than the "back doors" they now represent to their neighborhoods, according to a study of the two stations and their mobility possibilities. “It is time these stations transition from commuter stations to integrated mobility hubs and active local destinations,” reads an online City and County of Denver study description.


John TomasicJohn TomasicApril 28, 201710min629

The session’s unloved grand bipartisan transportation measure, <a href="https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1242" target="_blank">House Bill 1242</a>, is dead, but the closing remarks — you might say the sickbed epitaph — delivered for the bill by Republican sponsor and Senate President Kevin Grantham are worth revisiting, especially given that, in the last week, and with a little more than a week left in the legislative session, three new transportation-related bills have been introduced. Grantham spoke right before the bill was dispatched Tuesday by the Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee, addressing the bill and its critics with words that might come to resonate beyond the committee hearing, even if in a ghostlike way, floating into remarks made years from now by lawmakers begging please for someone somehow to expand I-25 south of Castle Rock or to find a way to get their aged mother or father to the doctor in the middle of the day.

Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirFebruary 9, 20173min314

Think of it as the elephant in the room — and that’s not a reference to the fact that Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper was surrounded by Republicans Wednesday when he addressed a gathering of civic and business leaders in Colorado Springs.

No, it was the other elephant: I-25’s near-constant state of gridlock. Sure, the governor had the usual words of encouragement for the No. 2 city’s economic trajectory and its future prospects in general. But it was the woes of the city’s major traffic artery — and what the state was going to do about it — that he knew he had to discuss.

It’s pretty much the first topic to come up whenever the governor swings by the Pikes Peak region to pay his respects. As the Colorado Springs Gazette’s Matt Steiner noted in covering the governor’s latest appearance, Hick knew his audience:

…Hickenlooper turned his attention to I-25, which has frustrated people traveling from Colorado Springs to Denver for decades. During the speech he said, “If we do nothing, it’s a formula for congestion,” adding that more traffic backups could lead to local residents clamoring about too much growth in the area.

“You’ve got to have basic infrastructure,” he said.

What hope could he offer? Not much that was concrete. State lawmakers at the Capitol are still stuck in a bottleneck of their own as transportation talks between the two parties have yet to yield a long-term funding solution.

“We have to do something this session to turn this thing around,” Hickenlooper said. You have to wonder if by that point the governor was trying to reinforce his own resolve as much as he was that of his audience.

Here’s the link again to The Gazette’s full report on the governor’s visit.